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Fauci Says US Coronavirus Deaths May Be 'More Like 60,000'; Antibody Tests On Way



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The U.S. is enduring a “very bad week” during the COVID-19 pandemic, Dr. Anthony Fauci says. But he also says that the American public’s embrace of physical separation and other restrictions is sharply reducing projections of the death toll from the respiratory virus.
The final toll currently “looks more like 60,000 than the 100,000 to 200,000” that U.S. officials previously estimated, Fauci said.
Fauci, America’s leading expert on infectious diseases and a key member of the White House’s coronavirus task force, also said that antibody tests have been developed and will be available “very soon.”
Fauci discussed COVID-19 and its death toll Thursday morning, during a segment of NBC News’ Today show.
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